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Letter to Congress: Carbon Capture Coalition Calls for Increased Federal Funding

April 10, 2019 in Carbon Management Author: Jennifer Christensen

The Carbon Capture Coalition, which is co-convened by GPI, recently sent a letter asking members of Congress to support continued robust federal funding for research, development, and demonstration of carbon capture, utilization, storage, and removal technologies and applications as they consider appropriations for the FY 2020 Omnibus. The letter to congressional appropriators was sent on behalf of the more than 60 companies, unions, and energy and agricultural organizations in the Coalition together with their partners.

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GPI 20th Anniversary Leadership Interview Series: Vice President Brendan Jordan, Transportation & Fuels

April 9, 2019 in Transportation & Fuels Author: Jennifer Christensen

Over the last year, the Great Plains Institute (GPI) celebrated our 20th anniversary as an organization dedicated to transforming the energy system to benefit the economy and environment. As GPI staff, partners, and supporters reflect on the progress we’ve made together and look ahead to future opportunities for even greater impact in 2019 and beyond, we’re sharing a Q&A series we’ve created with our CEO and program leadership team.  Continue reading »

Key Findings on Transportation Electrification from the Road Map to Decarbonization in the Midcontinent

April 2, 2019 in Transportation & Fuels Authors: Brendan Jordan, Franz Litz

Electric vehicles (EVs) are an essential part of the effort to decarbonize the transportation sector by midcentury. Recently, a diverse coalition of stakeholders released analysis, findings, and recommendations on how to accelerate EV adoption in “A Road Map to Decarbonization in the Midcontinent: Transportation Electrification.” This post highlights the findings from the road map, which were developed to help inform decision-making by state and local leaders, policy makers and private sector actors. Continue reading »

Aime Bita Shares Her Experience as a Capitol Pathways Intern

March 29, 2019 in News & Press, Transportation & Fuels Author: Aime Bita

My name is Aime Bita, and I am the Capitol Pathways intern for the 2019 legislative session at the Great Plains InstituteAs GPI’s Capitol Pathways intern I am working at the Minnesota State Capitol and at GPI’s office with a focus on transportation policy. This internship is a continuation of my interest in making a positive impact and pursuing new experiences.  Continue reading »

GPI 20th Anniversary Leadership Interview Series: Vice President Lola Schoenrich, Communities

March 12, 2019 in Communities, News & Press Author: Gail Nosek

Over the last year, the Great Plains Institute (GPI) celebrated our 20th anniversary as an organization dedicated to transforming the energy system to benefit the economy and environment. As GPI staff, partners, and supporters reflect on the progress we’ve made together and look ahead to future opportunities for even greater impact in 2019 and beyond, we’re sharing a Q&A series we’ve created with our CEO and program leadership team. Continue reading »

Treasury Action Needed on 45Q Carbon Capture Tax Credit Implementation

March 5, 2019 in Carbon Management Author: Patrice Lahlum

US Treasury Department

Proper implementation of the 45Q tax credit is crucial to realizing the significant carbon emission reduction, energy and industrial production, and job creation benefits that will come from economy-wide deployment of carbon capture technology. Congress enacted the reformed and strengthened 45Q tax credit—which is for the geologic storage and beneficial use of carbon captured from industrial facilities and power plants—more than a year ago as part of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018.

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e21 Forum Focuses on Integrated Systems Planning for a Decarbonized Electric System in Minnesota

March 4, 2019 in Electricity Authors: Jordana Palmer, Trevor Drake

Power LinesBeginning in 2019, Minnesota’s three investor-owned utilities will file resource plans that will chart a path into a time period of significant change and opportunity. With nearly all the state’s power sector COemissions coming from fossil-fuel plants that are retiring or potentially retiring in the next 20 years, the state has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a transformation towards decarbonized electricity generation. Continue reading »

How the 2019 Polar Vortex Helped Long-Term Renewable Energy Integration in the Midwest

March 1, 2019 in Electricity Author: Matt Prorok

At the end of January, the polar vortex brought bitter cold temperatures to the Upper Midwest of the United States. Some parts of northern Minnesota hit -45°F temperatures with wind chills down to -65°F. The record-setting low temperatures and frigid wind chills posed a safety and reliability threat to the region’s people and infrastructure alike. Continue reading »

New Interactive Tool Helps St. Louis Park Visualize Solar Potential

February 28, 2019 in Communities Author: Jessi Wyatt

The City of St. Louis Park in Minnesota passed an ambitious Climate Action Plan in 2018 which documented the city’s goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040. Within the plan, the city also details a goal to achieve 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030 and supply 10 percent of building electricity consumption with rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) by the same year. Continue reading »

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